BMW officially announces increased range BMW i3

BMW i3

Let’s compare the old BMW i3 (60 Ah) with the new BMW i3 (94 Ah):

  • NEDC range: 190 km vs 300 km (20-inch wheels), 110 km more

With 19-inch wheels the NEDC increases to 312 km. The real world range is estimated to increase from 130 km to 200 km.

  • Battery capacity in kWh (gross/net): 21,6/18,8 vs 33,2/27,2

The new i3 only uses 82 % of the total battery capacity to improve its lifespan.

  • Battery rated voltage: 360 V vs 353 V

This may mean that the i3 no longer uses 96 cells connected in series, I guess now there are 94 cells in the battery pack.

  • DC fast charging is still capped at 50 kW

This is the most disappointing feature, I was expecting an increase to 75 kW.

  • AC charging is now possible at 11 kW (16A, 3-phase)

22 kW would be better, but 11 kW means 2:45 h to charge at home, not bad! In the USA where 3-phase electricity is scarce, the fastest option is 7,4 kW.

  • Weight: 1.205 kg vs 1.245 kg, 40 kg more

The increased weight made the new i3 marginally slower.


I’ll just make some considerations about the Range Extender version.

  • It’s less aerodynamic than the BEV version, 0,30 Cd vs 0,29 Cd. I’m guessing it’s because of the tail pipe.
  • The new version is justย  25 kg heavier than before, 1.340 kg vs 1.365 kg.
  • In NEDC the new Range Extender version is more energy efficient than the BEV version. 11,3 kWh/100 km vs 12,6 kWh/100 km. What the hell?! It’s heavier, less aerodynamic and still it’s more efficient?!

The new i3 will have its first deliveries happing in July, but it’s not until September that most of the new deliveries will start to happen.

The Range Extender version with its 330 km real world range can take some buyers from the upcoming all-electric Chevrolet Bolt.

Regarding price the new version will only get a minor price increase, because the i3 is already an expensive car.

“The prices of the BMW i3 models in Germany are:

  • BMW i3 (60Ah): 34.950 โ‚ฌ (BEV),ย 39.950 โ‚ฌ (REX)
  • BMW i3 (94Ah): 36.150 โ‚ฌ (BEV), 41.150 โ‚ฌ (REX)”


The good news is that current owners will be able to upgrade the battery.

For more technical details check the second link below.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

So it is possible to upgrade the battery..?

“Additionally, customers can have their first-generation battery retrofitted as part of a special retrofit programme and have the new battery type installed โ€“ this is made possible thanks to the modular and flexible design of the BMW i3.”

5 years ago

So this means so far only Tesla and BMW have offered this functionality of upgrading batteries.

At least this will put pressure on Renault and Nissan’s sides as they will have to follow what market offers.

5 years ago
Reply to  sapcmc

Battery upgrades are a marketing gag, when they are more expensive then swapping your entire car with a other used higher grade model.

5 years ago

“In NEDC the new Range Extender version is more energy efficient than the BEV version. 11,3 kWh/100 km vs 12,6 kWh/100 km. What the hell?! Itโ€™s heavier, less aerodynamic and still itโ€™s more efficient?!”

No it also uses 0,6 liters of petrol.